The House of Yes
The House of Yes is a 1997 American black comedy film starring Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Geneviève Bujold, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Tori Spelling. The movie is based on the play of the same name, written by Wendy MacLeod, it was produced by Robert Berger and was released in the United States by Miramax Films on October 10, 1997. It received a Sundance Award and favorable reviews. Tori Spelling became one of the nominees for a 1997 Razzie Award for Worst New Star. On Thanksgiving Day, 1983, student Marty Pascal brings his fiancée, home to his family's McLean, Virginia estate to meet them for the first time. Marty is nervous and hesitant about the impending introduction of his future wife to his family. Marty's family prepares both for an impending hurricane. Marty's twin sister "Jackie-O" released from a psychiatric hospital, is ecstatic about his arrival, until she is informed that a "friend" is accompanying Marty, she becomes distressed and, over the course of the night, shows many signs that suggest she suffers from borderline personality disorder, including sudden mood swings and an inability to cope with change.
Jackie has had a long obsession with the Kennedy assassination. As an adult, Jackie-O still emulates the former first lady in her style of her hairstyle. Throughout the movie we never learn her real name. Jackie-O lives with her younger brother Anthony, he and the matriarch of the family, Mrs. Pascal are protective of Jackie. Mrs. Pascal is suspicious and guarded against her future daughter-in-law Lesly. Meanwhile, Lesly is oblivious to the tumultuous nature of the family, it is clear that Marty is in love with Lesly's "normalcy" and their engagement is a way for him to break from his family mold. As the hurricane outside intensifies and Lesly become stranded in the house until the storm lets up. After meeting Lesly, Jackie-O comes close to a melt-down at her bathroom sink, yet gains her composure and surprises Lesly. Jackie playfully interrogates Lesly about her love life with Marty, going so far as to ask for graphic details about their sexual escapades. Jackie-O informs Lesly of a nearby former girlfriend of Marty's, with whom he shared an intense affair in his youth and hints that there might be a "reunion" between the two former lovers.
It becomes clear that Marty's lover was in fact Jackie-O after she coerces Marty into playing their favorite childhood "game," a re-enactment of the JFK assassination, a game that led to their first sexual encounter when they were 14. Jackie-O and Marty play the game, after she has "shot" him, she runs over to cradle him in her arms, she begins to kiss him, the two have sex. Lesly walks in on them and, runs back upstairs where Anthony, who tried to warn her of Marty and Jackie's sexual relationship, convinces Lesly that he is an insecure virgin dying of a brain tumor, leading to a short and awkward sexual encounter. In the morning, Lesly confronts the family about the events of the night before. Mrs. Pascal coerces Anthony to tell Marty. Meanwhile, Jackie-O searches the house for a gun that Marty had been ordered to hide by their mother, finding it in the bathroom, she flushes Marty's car keys down the toilet and returns to the living room where Lesly confronts Jackie-O about her mental illness and incestuous relationship.
As Lesly runs to get their suitcases so she and Marty can leave, Jackie pulls the gun and asks Marty to play their game one last time, agreeing to let them leave afterward. Anthony races to find her medication. In tears, Jackie kills her brother. Lesly runs from the house. In a voice over, Jackie explains that Marty was buried in the backyard "next to Daddy." Parker Posey - "Jackie-O" Pascal Rachael Leigh Cook - Young "Jackie-O" Josh Hamilton - Marty Pascal David Love - Voice of young Marty Tori Spelling - Lesly Freddie Prinze Jr. - Anthony Pascal Geneviève Bujold - Mrs. Pascal The film was financed by Tori Spelling's father Aaron Spelling and his company Spelling Entertainment, it premiered at the 1997 edition of the Sundance Film Festival six months after shooting began. The Sundance screening attracted the interest of Miramax. According to the Boston Herald in June 1997, Miramax paid two million dollars to acquire the distribution rights to the film, they would give The House of Yes a theatrical release on October 10, 1997, with the film failing to recoup its one and a half million dollar budget.
The House of Yes holds a rating of 62% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 39 reviews. Upon its October 1997 release, the reaction to the film ranged from mixed to positive. Siskel and Ebert gave it two thumbs down on an October 25, 1997 episode of their show. However, Roger Ebert looked upon the film more favorably in a separate review for the Chicago Sun-Times, stating "The dialogue, adapted by director Mark Waters from Wendy MacLeod's stage play, is smart and terse, with a lot of back-and-forth word play, most of it driven by Jackie-O, played by Posey as smart and fresh out of an institution While it was running, I was not bored."In his review for Entertainment Weekly, Owen Gleiberman wrote that "The House of Yes is knowingly overripe, a kitsch melodrama that dares to make incest sexy." He praised the casting of Posey, noting that "Parker Posey may never have a role that suits her as perfectly." The Austin Chronicle acknowledged the strong performances of the cast, but claimed
Irene Papas is a retired Greek actress and occasional singer, who has starred in over 70 films in a career spanning more than 50 years. She became famous in Greece, an international star of feature films such as The Guns of Navarone and Zorba the Greek, she was a powerful presence as a Greek heroine in films including Iphigenia. She played the eponymous parts in Electra. Papas won Best Actress awards in 1961 at the Berlin International Film Festival for Antigone and in 1971 from the National Board of Review for The Trojan Women, she received career awards in 1993, the Golden Arrow Award at Hamptons International Film Festival, in 2009, the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale. Papas was born outside Corinth, Greece, her mother, was a schoolteacher, her father, taught classical drama. She was educated at the Royal School of Dramatic Art in Athens, taking classes in singing. In 1947 she married the film director Alkis Papas. In 1954 she met the actor Marlon Brando and they had a long and "secret love affair".
She married the film producer Jose Kohn in 1957. In 2003 she was serving on the board of directors of the Anna-Marie Foundation. In 2018 it was announced. Papas debuted in American film with a bit part in the B-movie The Man from Cairo, she was discovered by Elia Kazan in Greece. She starred in internationally renowned films such as The Guns of Navarone and Zorba the Greek, critically acclaimed films such as Z, where her political activist's widow has been called "indelible", she was a leading figure in cinematic transcriptions of ancient tragedy, portraying Helen in The Trojan Women opposite Katharine Hepburn, Clytemnestra in Iphigenia, the eponymous parts in Antigone and Electra, where her portrayal of the "doomed heroine" is described as "outstanding". She appeared as Catherine of Aragon in Anne of the Thousand Days, opposite Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold in 1969. In 1976, she starred in Messenger of God about the origin of Islam. In 1982, she appeared in Lion of the Desert, together with Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger, John Gielgud.
One of her last film appearances was in Captain Corelli's Mandolin in 2001. The Treccani Enciclopedia Italiana describes Papas as a typical Mediterranean beauty, with a lovely voice both in singing and acting talented and with an adventurous spirit. In the view of film critic Philip Kemp, Papas was an awe-inspiring presence, which paradoxically limited her career, he admired her roles in the films of Michael Cacoyannis, including the defiant Helen of Troy in The Trojan Women. The film critic Roger Ebert observed that there were many "pretty girls" in cinema "but not many women", called Papas a great actress. Ebert noted her uphill struggle, her height limiting the leading men she could play alongside, her accent limiting the roles she could take, "her unusual beauty is not the sort that superstar actresses like to compete with." Ordinary actors, had trouble sharing the screen with Papas. All the same, her presence in many well-known movies, wrote Ebert, inspired "something of a cult". Papas began her acting career in variety and traditional theatre, in plays by Ibsen and classical Greek tragedy, before moving into film in 1951.
In her career, she took the eponymous role of Medea in a 1973 production of Euripides's play. Reviewing the production in The New York Times, Clive Barnes described her as a "very fine, controlled Medea", smouldering with a "carefully dampened passion" fierce. Walter Kerr praised Papas's Medea. Albert Bermel considered Papas's rendering of Medea as a sympathetic woman a triumph of acting. In 1969, the RCA label released Songs of Theodorakis; this has 11 folk songs sung in Greek, conducted by Harry Lemonopoulos and produced by Andy Wiswell, with sleeve notes in English by Michael Cacoyannis. It was released on CD in 2005. Papas knew Mikis Theodorakis from working with him on Zorba the Greek as early as 1964. In 1972, she appeared on the album 666 by the Greek rock group Aphrodite's Child on the track "∞", she chants "I was, I am, I am to come" and wildly over a percussive backing, causing controversy with her "graphic orgasm". In 1979, Polydor released her solo album of eight Greek folk songs entitled Odes, with electronic music performed by Vangelis Papathanassiou.
The lyrics were co-written by Arianna Stassinopoulos. They collaborated again in 1986 for Rapsodies, an electronic rendition of seven Byzantine liturgy hymns on Polydor. Papas was a member of the Communist Party of Greece, in 1967 called for a "cultural boycott" against the "Fourth Reich", meaning the military government of Greece at that time, her opposition to the regime sent her, other artists such as Theodorakis whose songs she sang, into exile when the military junta came to power in Greece in 1967. 1961: 11th Berlin International Film Festival 1971: National Board of Review (Best Actr
French Canadians are an ethnic group who trace their ancestry to French colonists who settled in Canada from the 17th century onward. Today, people of French heritage make up the majority of native speakers of French in Canada, who in turn account for about 22 per cent of the country's total population; the majority of French Canadians reside in Quebec, where they constitute the majority of the province's population, although French-Canadian and francophone minority communities exist in all other Canadian provinces and territories as well. Besides the Québécois, distinct French speaking ethnic groups in Canada include the Acadians of the Maritime Provinces, the Brayons of New Brunswick, the Métis of the Prairie Provinces, among other smaller groups. During the mid-18th century, Canadian colonists born in French Canada expanded across North America and colonized various regions and towns. Today, French Canadians live across North America. Most French Canadians reside in Quebec, are more referred to as Quebecers or Québécois, although smaller communities exist throughout Canada and in the United States.
Between 1840 and 1930 900,000 French Canadians emigrated to the United States to the New England region. Acadians, who reside in the Maritimes, may be included among the French Canadian group in linguistic contexts, but are considered a separate group from the French Canadians in a cultural sense due to their distinct history, much of which predates the admission of the Maritime Provinces to Canadian Confederation in 1867. French Canadians constitute the second largest ethnic group in Canada, behind those of English ancestry, ahead of those of Scottish and Irish heritage. In total, those whose ethnic origins are French Canadian, French, Québécois and Acadian number up to 11.9 million people or comprising 33.78% of the Canadian population. Not all francophone Canadians are of French-Canadian descent or heritage, as the body of French language speakers in Canada includes significant immigrant communities from other francophone countries such as Haiti, Algeria, Tunisia or Vietnam — and not all French Canadians are francophone, as a significant number of people who have French Canadian ethnic roots are native English speakers.
The French Canadians get their name from Canada, the most developed and densely populated region of New France during the period of French colonization in the 17th and 18th centuries. The original use of the term Canada referred to the land area along the St. Lawrence River, divided in three districts, as well as to the Pays d'en Haut, a vast and thinly settled territorial dependence north and west of Montreal which covered the whole of the Great Lakes area. From 1535 to the 1690s, the French word Canadien had referred to the First Nations the French had encountered in the St. Lawrence River valley at Stadacona and Hochelaga. At the end of the 17th century, Canadien became an ethnonym distinguishing the inhabitants of Canada from those of France. After World War I, English-Canadians appropriated the term "Canadian" and French-Canadians identified as Québécois instead. French Canadians living in Canada express their cultural identity using a number of terms; the Ethnic Diversity Survey of the 2006 Canadian census found that French-speaking Canadians identified their ethnicity most as French, French Canadians, Québécois, Acadian.
The latter three were grouped together by Jantzen as "French New World" ancestries because they originate in Canada. Jantzen distinguishes the English Canadian, meaning "someone whose family has been in Canada for multiple generations", the French Canadien, used to refer to descendants of the original settlers of New France in the 17th and 18th centuries. "Canadien" was used to refer to the French-speaking residents of New France beginning in the last half of the 17th century. The English-speaking residents who arrived from Great Britain were called "Anglais"; this usage continued until Canadian Confederation in 1867. Confederation united several former British colonies into the Dominion of Canada, from that time forward, the word "Canadian" has been used to describe both English-speaking and French-speaking citizens, wherever they live in the country; those reporting "French New World" ancestries overwhelmingly had ancestors that went back at least four generations in Canada. Fourth generation Canadiens and Québécois showed considerable attachment to their ethno-cultural group, with 70% and 61% reporting a strong sense of belonging.
The generational profile and strength of identity of French New World ancestries contrast with those of British or Canadian ancestries, which represent the largest ethnic identities in Canada. Although rooted Canadians express a deep attachment to their ethnic identity, most English-speaking Canadians of British or Canadian ancestry cannot trace their ancestry as far back in Canada as French-speakers; as a result, their identification with their ethnicity is weaker: for example, only 50% of third generation "Canadians" identify as such, bringing down the overall average. The survey report notes that 80% of Canadians whose families had been in Canada for three or more generations reported "Canadian and provincial or regional ethnic identities"; these identities include
Tightrope is a 1984 American erotic suspense thriller produced by and starring Clint Eastwood and written and directed by Richard Tuggle. A young woman walking home from her birthday party is stalked by a man in distinctive sneakers. After she drops one of her presents, a police officer offers to escort her to her front door; the camera reveals. The next day, divorced New Orleans police detective Wes Block is playing football with his daughters Penny and Amanda, they take in a stray dog, adding to the several strays they have taken in. As the family gets ready to go to a Saints game, Block is summoned to a crime scene, forcing him to break his plans with his daughters; the young woman has been strangled in her bed. Her killer left no fingerprints, but he waited in her apartment until midnight to kill her pausing to make himself coffee. Block visits a brothel where the woman worked, interviews a prostitute with whom she would perform group sex; the prostitute seduces Block, loosening his necktie.
The murderer rapes his victims, he has been leaving behind a great deal of forensic evidence, including a residue of glass fragments and barley. Beryl Thibodeaux runs a rape prevention program, she advises Block on the case; the second victim is a sex worker, she is strangled in a jacuzzi. Block tracks down one of her co-workers and interviews her while the two prepare to have sex, he handcuffs the woman to the bed. While Block inquires about the victims at another brothel, he has sex with a prostitute; the hidden killer watches the prostitute. The next morning, Block is called to the scene of a third victim, he is shocked to realize. Under the guise of working on the case, Block flirts with Thibodeaux, the two spend the rest of the day together; the killer taunts Block by sending a doll with a note. Once there, a dominatrix informs Block, she is supposed to send Block to a gay bar. At the bar, Block meets up with a man, hired by the killer to have sex with Block. Block follows him, hoping to catch the killer.
However, Block is too late, the man is killed. The killer kidnaps the friend of the third victim, he dumps her body in a public fountain, he drapes Block's abandoned necktie on a nearby statue. Block and Thibodeaux go out on a second date, escorting his children, while secretly observed by the killer disguised as a Mardi Gras participant; when they are in bed Block shies away from intimacy with Thibodeaux, has a nightmare that he attacks her in the guise of the killer. One of the victim's clothes has some cash in it; the money has the same glass and barley residue on it, cropping up at all the crime scenes. When Block goes to the brewery to investigate, the killer watches him during his visit; that night, the killer breaks into Block's home, killing the nanny and some of Block's pets, handcuffing and gagging Amanda. Block is nearly strangled in a struggle after he arrives and is only saved when one of his surviving dogs bites the killer. Block fires two shots at the killer; the killer is seen watching from concealment as the police investigate the scene.
While going through news clippings, Block comes across the name of a cop, Leander Rolfe, whom he arrested for raping two girls. Further investigation reveals that Rolfe was working at the brewery. Block and his team stake out Rolfe's apartment, but Rolfe has gone to attack Thibodeaux at her home. Realizing that she is in danger, Block races to her home, where he disturbs Rolfe's attempt to strangle her. Block chases Rolfe into a rail yard. During their final scuffle, they end up in the path of an oncoming train. Block accepts a woman's touch. Clint Eastwood as Wes Block Geneviève Bujold as Beryl Thibodeaux Dan Hedaya as Det. Molinari Alison Eastwood as Amanda Block Jenny Beck as Penny Block Rod Masterson as Patrolman Gallo Marco St. John as Leander Rolfe Tightrope was filmed in New Orleans in the fall of 1983. While Tuggle retained the director's credit, as with The Outlaw Josey Wales on which original director Philip Kaufman was replaced by the star, Eastwood directed most of the movie after finding Tuggle working too slowly.
The film was released in United States theaters in August 1984. It grossed $48 million at the United States box office. In its opening weekend Tightrope was number 1, taking in an average $5,965 per theater; the film has an 82% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, out of 11 reviews. Roger Ebert praised the film for taking chances by exploring the idea of a hard-nosed cop learning to respect a woman, he cites the film as "a lot more ambitious than the Harry movies." Ebert's colleague Gene Siskel praised the film during their on-air review of the film on At the Movies, crediting the performance of the villain, the relationship between Eastwood and Geneviève Bujold, Eastwood doing "a terrific job risking his star charisma playing a louse" and "taking us inside to see what it's like to abuse women". Janet Maslin concluded that the film "isn't quite top-level Eastwood, but it's close." David Denby compared Eastwood's directing style with that of "Don Siegel's tawdry, urban-anxiety m
The Irish are a Celtic nation and ethnic group native to the island of Ireland, who share a common Irish ancestry and culture. Ireland has been inhabited for about 12,500 years according to archaeological studies. For most of Ireland's recorded history, the Irish have been a Gaelic people. Viking invasions of Ireland during the 8th to 11th centuries established the cities of Dublin, Waterford and Limerick. Anglo-Normans conquered parts of Ireland in the 12th century, while England's 16th/17th-century conquest and colonisation of Ireland brought a large number of English and Lowland Scots people to parts of the island the north. Today, Ireland is made up of the Republic of the smaller Northern Ireland; the people of Northern Ireland hold various national identities including British, Northern Irish or some combination thereof. The Irish have their own customs, music, sports and mythology. Although Irish was their main language in the past, today most Irish people speak English as their first language.
The Irish nation was made up of kin groups or clans, the Irish had their own religion, law code and style of dress. There have been many notable Irish people throughout history. After Ireland's conversion to Christianity, Irish missionaries and scholars exerted great influence on Western Europe, the Irish came to be seen as a nation of "saints and scholars"; the 6th-century Irish monk and missionary Columbanus is regarded as one of the "fathers of Europe", followed by saints Cillian and Fergal. The scientist Robert Boyle is considered the "father of chemistry", Robert Mallet one of the "fathers of seismology". Famous Irish writers include Oscar Wilde, W. B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker, James Joyce, C. S. Lewis and Seamus Heaney. Notable Irish explorers include Brendan the Navigator, Sir Robert McClure, Sir Alexander Armstrong, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean. By some accounts, the first European child born in North America had Irish descent on both sides. Many presidents of the United States have had some Irish ancestry.
The population of Ireland is about 6.3 million, but it is estimated that 50 to 80 million people around the world have Irish forebears, making the Irish diaspora one of the largest of any nation. Emigration from Ireland has been the result of conflict and economic issues. People of Irish descent are found in English-speaking countries Great Britain, the United States and Australia. There are significant numbers in Argentina and New Zealand; the United States has the most people of Irish descent, while in Australia those of Irish descent are a higher percentage of the population than in any other country outside Ireland. Many Icelanders have Scottish Gaelic forebears. During the past 12,500 years of inhabitation, Ireland has witnessed some different peoples arrive on its shores; the ancient peoples of Ireland—such as the creators of the Céide Fields and Newgrange—are unknown. Neither their languages nor the terms they used to describe; as late as the middle centuries of the 1st millennium the inhabitants of Ireland did not appear to have a collective name for themselves.
Ireland itself was known by a number of different names, including Banba, Fódla, Ériu by the islanders and Hiverne to the Greeks, Hibernia to the Romans. Scotland takes its name from Scota, who in Irish mythology, Scottish mythology, pseudohistory, is the name given to two different mythological daughters of two different Egyptian Pharaohs to whom the Gaels traced their ancestry explaining the name Scoti, applied by the Romans to Irish raiders, to the Irish invaders of Argyll and Caledonia which became known as Scotland. Other Latin names for people from Ireland in Classic and Mediaeval sources include Attacotti and Gael; this last word, derived from the Welsh gwyddel "raiders", was adopted by the Irish for themselves. However, as a term it is on a par with Viking, as it describes an activity and its proponents, not their actual ethnic affiliations; the terms Irish and Ireland are derived from the goddess Ériu. A variety of historical ethnic groups have inhabited the island, including the Airgialla, Fir Ol nEchmacht, Fir Bolg, Érainn, Eóganachta, Conmaicne and Ulaid.
In the cases of the Conmaicne, Érainn, it can be demonstrated that the tribe took their name from their chief deity, or in the case of the Ciannachta, Eóganachta, the Soghain, a deified ancestor. This practice is paralleled by the Anglo-Saxon dynasties' claims of descent from Woden, via his sons Wecta, Baeldaeg and Wihtlaeg; the Greek mythographer Euhemerus originated the concept of Euhemerism, which treats mythological accounts as a reflection of actual historical events shaped by retelling and traditional mores. In the 12th century, Icelandic bard and historian Snorri Sturluson proposed that the Norse gods were historical war leaders and kings, who became cult figures set into society as gods; this view is in agreement with Irish historians such as Francis John Byrne. One legend states that the Irish were descended from one Míl Espáine, whose sons conquered Ireland around 1000 BC or
A convent is either a community of priests, religious brothers, religious sisters, monks or nuns. The term derives via Old French from Latin conventus, perfect participle of the verb convenio, meaning to convene, to come together; the original reference was to the gathering of mendicants. Technically, a “monastery" or "nunnery" is a community of monastics, whereas a "friary" or "convent" is a community of mendicants, a "canonry" a community of canons regular; the terms "abbey" and "priory" can be applied to both canonries. In English usage since about the 19th century the term "convent" invariably refers to a community of women, while "monastery" and "friary" are used for men. In historical usage they are interchangeable, with "convent" likely to be used for a friary; when applied to religious houses in Eastern Orthodoxy and Buddhism, English refers to all houses of male religious as "monasteries" and of female religious "convents". Christian monasticism Enclosed religious orders Herbermann, Charles, ed..
"Convent". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Carmelite Monastery of the Sacred Hearts —- an example of a modern-day convent Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Convent". Encyclopædia Britannica. Cambridge University Press
Earthquake (1974 film)
Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson. The plot concerns the struggle for survival after a catastrophic earthquake destroys most of the city of Los Angeles, California. Directed by Mark Robson and with a screenplay by George Fox and Mario Puzo, the film starred a large cast of well-known actors, including Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Geneviève Bujold, Richard Roundtree, Marjoe Gortner, Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Victoria Principal, Walter Matthau, it is notable for the use of an innovative sound effect called Sensurround which created the sense of experiencing an earthquake in theatres. Early one morning, an earthquake jolts the Los Angeles metro area. On his way to work, former USC football player Stewart Graff, having just fought with his wife Remy, visits Denise Marshall, an actress, the widow of one of his friends and co-workers, he drops off an autographed football for her son Corry and helps Denise rehearse her lines for a scene she is shooting that day.
At the California Seismological Institute, staffer Walter Russell has calculated that Los Angeles will suffer a major earthquake within the next day or two. He frantically tries to reach Dr. Frank Adams. Another tremor hits as Adams and his assistant are working in a deep trench, they are buried alive; the scientists at the center debate about whether or not to go public with their prediction of a major quake. The acting supervisor insists, they agree on a compromise to alert the National Guard and police so that they can at least mobilize to help deal with the fallout. While checking out at a grocery store, Rosa Amici realizes she does not have enough money to pay for all her items, but Jody Joad, the store manager, says she can pay the difference next time. Joad learns that his Guard unit is being called up on the radio, so he leaves work to change into his NCO uniform. At home, his housemates tease him for having posters of male bodybuilders on his wall; the tremor cancelled Denise's shoot, so she heads to Stewart's office, pretending to meet with a friend.
The pair end up making love. He promises to come back that night and invites her and Corry to spend the summer with him in Oregon while he oversees a project. Returning to work, his boss and father in-law Sam Royce offers to hand over the company presidency to Stewart. After asking for time to think about it, Stewart calls Denise and breaks off their plans for that night, he is stunned to see Remy there. He assumes she has convinced her father, Sam, to offer the promotion to Stewart in order to save their marriage. Stewart storms out of the building, followed by Remy, when a major earthquake measuring 9.9 on the Richter Scale strikes, destroying much of Los Angeles and killing thousands. Sam and most of his employees find themselves trapped on the upper floors of their 30-story skyscraper, they descend most of the way by the stairs. Sam lowers his staff down one at a time. Before he can descend himself, Sam suffers a heart attack, Stewart climbs up to rescue him. Denise's son, has been caught on a bridge over a spillway, which has become entangled with high voltage electric cables.
Denise climbs down to save him. Unable to climb back out with her son, she hails a passing truck, driven by stuntman Miles Quade and his partner, Sal Amici. After saving Denise and her son, they drive in search of help, coming across LAPD Sgt. Lou Slade, organizing rescue efforts and commandeers their truck to use it as an ambulance. Rosa is arrested for looting by a National Guard unit led by Jody Joad. Rosa assumes Jody is going to let her go, but he orders her to stay inside a secluded store for safety. Another group of troops arrive with Jody's housemates as prisoners. Jody executes them in an act of revenge for all the ridicule he has endured from them, terrifying Rosa and his subordinates. Stewart escorts his co-workers to the Wilson Plaza shopping center, now converted into a triage center goes off in search of Denise and her son. Soon after, Sam dies from his heart attack. Stewart ends up driving Lou around in search of survivors and they come across Jody and his regiment. Jody threatens to fire on them.
Rosa emerges from the store and begging for help. Lou and Stewart stop out of sight. Lou gets the jump on Jody, shooting Jody in self-defense and rescuing Rosa; as they drive away, they hear. Surveying the damaged building, Stewart realizes there are survivors trapped in an underground garage three stories below ground, he and Lou crawl into the sewer and, using a jackhammer, drill through to the garage. Stewart is overjoyed to find Denise, one of the people trapped inside; as he hugs her, he sees his wife Remy standing just behind her. The Mulholland Dam, damaged by the earlier tremor gives way, flooding the sewers. Lou and Denise make it up the ladder to safety, but as Remy climbs out, a man steps on the rung she's holding and she falls back into the flooded sewer. Stewart looks up at Denise, he sacrifices himself when he swims after her and both of them are swept away, along with others. Denise walks away from the manhole in grief. Dr. Vance turns to Slade, says: "This used to be a hell of a town, officer."
"Yeah," replies Slade, as tears well up in his eyes. Meanwhile, the remaining survivors take in the devastated Los Ange